09/29/2014 02:21 pm ET Updated Sep 29, 2014

Why Denzel Washington May Be The Last Pure Movie Star

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Denzel Washington may exert the purest form of star power in movies today.

His name above the title guarantees a film will open to solid numbers, something few actors in Hollywood can credibly claim to deliver. He did it again last weekend, when his gritty R-rated thriller “The Equalizer” bowed to a sterling $35 million.

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